34 Best Happy Quotes That Will Immediately Brighten Up Your Day

These upbeat words will turn your frown upside down.

Let’s get real here—we've all had our fair share of bad days. Maybe you had a heated argument with a friend or family member and it's still got you in a funk, or maybe you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. When sad days seem to take over, sit down, take a deep breath, and read through a few of the best happy quotes out there, like this list we’ve compiled.

Here, we've curated the very best, most inspirational quotes about happiness in the hopes that they'll help put a smile on your face. Already on cloud nine? The truth is, you don't need to be having a sad day to enjoy these happy quotes—give yourself a self love quote, or share positive quotes about happiness with a friend. As Mark Twain said, “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”

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So take a cue from Walt Disney (“Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things”) and Albert Einstein (“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness”), and celebrate all the happy times—past, present, and future. A short quote from musician Bobby McFerrin perhaps says it best: “Don’t worry. Be happy.”

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"There is no path to happiness; happiness is the path."

Bobby McFerrin

"Don't worry. Be happy."


"I have chosen to be happy because it's good for my health."


"Happiness is a journey, not a destination."

Gabriel García Márquez
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"No medicine cures what happiness cannot."

Tom Bodett
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"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for."

Marcel Proust
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"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."

Charles M. Schulz
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"Happiness is a warm puppy."

Stephen Chbosky, 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'
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"There's nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons."

Mark Twain
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"Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination."

Jonathan Safran Foer
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"You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness."

Chuck Palahniuk, 'Diary'
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"It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace."

Roy T. Bennett
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"If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present."

Dale Carnegie
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"It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it."

Walt Disney
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"Happiness is a state of mind. It's just according to the way you look at things."

Anne Frank
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"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."

Eleanor Roosevelt
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"Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well-lived."

Mark Twain
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"The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up."

Dr. Seuss
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"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

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"Happiness depends upon ourselves."

Albert Einstein
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"A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness."

Mother Teresa
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"If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway."

Lily Pulitzer
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"Being happy never goes out of style."

Carrie Underwood
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"Every day is a new day, and you'll never be able to find happiness if you don't move on."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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"For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness."

Benjamin Franklin
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"Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life."

Roy T. Bennett
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"Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now."

Ellen DeGeneres
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"The thing everyone should realize is that the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself."

Muhammad Ali
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"Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man."

John Lennon
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"Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears."

Dalai Lama
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"Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions."

Audrey Hepburn
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"The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters."

Christian Dior
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"Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness."

Mahatma Gandhi
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"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

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